Did you miss yesterday’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show: The REAL Greatest Generation: Washington, Jefferson, Lafayette? Then you missed something quite unusual. My guests, Nancy Hayward, Director of Educational Outreach for Mt. Vernon, Susan R. Stein, the Richard Gilder Senior Curator for Monticello and author of Lafayette: The Idealist General, Marc Leepson were informative and willing to delve into some of the unexplored aspects of character of our nation’s early leaders. I hope you’ll listen here on our pages or download the podcast from iTUNES FREE!
In the meantime, for those of you in the area here is some info you can use:
Mount Vernon Throws a Birthday Bash for George Washington!
Free Admission to Mount Vernon on February 18
George Washington’s 281stBirthday Weekend Celebration
February 16 and 17 (Sat and Sun, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
George Washington’s favorite breakfast was “hoecakes swimming in butter and honey.” Join “General Washington” for a sample of this meal (while supplies last) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Following the breakfast sampler, visitors can mingle with costumed characters from George Washington’s world. This event is included in regular Estate admission: adults, $17; children ages 6-11, $8; and children under 5 are admitted free.
George Washington’s 281st Birthday Celebration – Free Admission!
February 18 (Mon, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
Celebrate the national observance of George Washington’s birthday by visiting his home and burial site FREE-of-charge on this day. The traditional wreathlaying ceremony at Washington’s Tomb takes place at 10:00 a.m., followed by patriotic music and military performances on the Bowling Green. “General Washington” is on the grounds to greet visitors and receive birthday wishes all day. Mount Vernon will introduce a new character program to George Washington’s birthday celebration this year.
Last Chance: View George Washington’s Acts of Congress
Rare Object on Display through February 18
George Washington’s personal copy of the Constitution, complete with his own handwritten notes, will be on display through Monday, February 18. This rare and fascinating volume contains a draft of the Bill of Rights and other records of the First Congress on view in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center. The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association captured worldwide media attention after acquiring the book at auction earlier this year. It will be permanently housed at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, which opens in fall 2013.
Monticello: Telling the History of Slavery February 22 + 23
Meet historians and museum professionals and engage in a talk about new developments in the area.
Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello @ the Atlanta History Center Feb. 1 – July 7